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A visual interface for browsing and manipulating statistical entities

  • Maurizio Rafanelli
  • Fabrizio L. Ricci
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 420)

Abstract

In this paper we would like to present a proposal for a visual interface which can be easily used by statistical users. This interface, from a graphical point of view, is based on an extension of the Grass logical model. The commands for the manipulation of the statistical entities which were realized in this interface are based on the macro-data algebra defined in the Mefisto functional model. By means of this interface it is possible to browse in the database, to select topic-classified statistical entities and to manipulate these entities by carrying out queries based on an extension of the Staquel query language. The interface has been realized by the definition of windows for graphic visualization of the statistical entities, for direct manipulation, for data analysis options, information and functions (planned so far), for print format and for expression of data definition language and query language.

Keywords

Visual interface Statistical databases Database browser Metadata manipulation Information retrieval 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Maurizio Rafanelli
    • 1
  • Fabrizio L. Ricci
    • 2
  1. 1.Istituto di Analisi dei Sistemi ed InformaticaRoma
  2. 2.Istit. di Studi per la Ricerca e la Docum. Scient.RomaItaly

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